POLITICS
05/11/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Dick Cheney To Skip Bush Administration Reunion Next Week

What has life been like for former President George Bush since leaving office in January? Should you be curious enough to seek the answer to that question, both the New York Times and the Washington Post have written profiles of his new life in Texas which are now online.

The Times' article focuses mainly on a planned Bush administration reunion for next week with the likes of Condoleezza Rice, Karen Hughes and Dan Bartlett. And if you read all the way to the sixth paragraph you'll learn that there is one prominent administration official who will be conspicuously absent from the rendezvous:

Not coming to next week's session is former Vice President Dick Cheney, who in the final days of the administration argued with Mr. Bush about his failure to pardon Mr. Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis Libby Jr., who was convicted of perjury and other counts for his role in the leak of Valerie Wilson's employment with the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Cheney later went on television to air his grievances with Mr. Bush, while also accusing Mr. Obama of endangering the country.

Read more of the Times article here.

The Washington Post article, meanwhile, has a wealth of prosaic details about Bush's daily routine, his new neighborhood and his domestic life (neither he nor Laura like to cook, it turns out.)

As for contemplating his legacy, Bush appears to be in no rush to sort it all out:

And while the rest of the world mulls and debates his legacy, Bush has told friends that he prefers not to use the "L word." He dismisses analysis of his presidency as premature, regrets little and refrains from engaging in the snippety back-and-forth between the Obama administration and Bush loyalists such as Karl Rove and Dick Cheney. Bush feels content with his presidency, friends said. Now he will try to explain his two terms by writing a book and building a presidential center at Dallas's Southern Methodist University, so that history will have the means to judge him fairly.

Read more from the Washington Post article.